A welcome respite from deep psychological underpinnings and emotional turmoil, tonight’s episode was about crowd pleasing, purposeful action. But the question that tonight’s episode does answer is this – how did Bruce manage to survive the period that occurred after the shooting of his parents. It also makes it clear that his parents’ shooting was more than just a robbery or a means to get them out of the picture. For those of us who’ve read “City of Owls”, we have to wonder if the Court of Owls organization were the ones behind the Waynes’ murder; are they the ones really pulling the strings in Gotham? Because of this bit of Bat history, I am expecting there to be another attempt on Bruce’s life. Which brings us back to the question; how did Bruce manage to survive the period that occurred after the shooting of his parents – Alfred! The answer is Alfred.
Tonight’s Alfred shows Alfred at his best while alluding to his own back story. In the constant rewriting of Alfred’s back story/origin he’s been everything from an army Doctor to an actor; even a member of MI5. In short, Alfred was hired for more than just his ability to be in charge of large and little butts (bottles) of wine, beer and butter. Tonight’s episode was also about lessons – lessons learned and those that need to be learned. Surprisingly enough it’s Selina not Alfred or Harvey who points this out to both Bruce and Gordon. The toughest lessons for Bruce and Gordon are going to involve deception, politics, loyalty and power. What I’m expecting for Gordon in next week’s episode of Gotham is his attempted demise by Maroney – not Falcon! To Falcon, Gordon is exactly the type of cop he needs in Gotham, but on a short leash; a cop that can keep everyone honest. In fact, it may very well be Penguin and Falcon that prove instrumental in Gordon being restored to his former position as detective Lieutenant Gordon of GCPD because Gordon is going to prove extremely important in Penguin’s rise to power in Gotham’s underworld. In terms of Selina, I wouldn’t be surprise if she ends up laying low for a few episodes as she undergoes her own metamorphous that leads towards her becoming Catwoman.